Your wedding is just around the corner and you want to get in shape and probably you have myriad questions about losing weight. This month we interviewed, Jennie Law, personal fitness trainer, to help you lose those extra calories and tone your body before the big day.
- Let’s begin the interview by knowing a bit about you.
I’m 26 years old and come from a small peninsula called The Wirral in the UK. I have lived in Dubai for just over three years with my Fiancé and two Chihuahua furbabies Yoda and Coco. I have been training regularly for over 6 years and after seeing and feeling the results of exercise, I wanted to make it my mission to help others achieve their goals no matter how big or small. I had been unhappy with my appearance for a while. I decided that I wanted to make a change so I joined my local gym and started working out. The trainer gave me a free taster of strength training session and explained to me all the benefits that resistance training would give me so I took a few more sessions with him to learn the basics and I loved it. Since then I have never looked back and resistance training is now a big part of my exercise regime. The trainer in the gym is now my Fiancé. We have our own personal training business ‘The Foundation Personal Training Solutions’ and are getting married in April 2016. He literally changed my life in so many ways and I’m so thankful to him (cheesy I know!)
- How did you come up with WhiteDressWorkOut and what inspired you to become a personal trainer?
My Fiancé has been helping to change people’s lives for about 15 years as a Personal Trainer and he inspired me to help people too. It had been about 6 months since we got engaged and I was working out in the gym thinking about the wedding and how I wanted to be in the best shape I could be to rock that dream dress. This then got me thinking about other brides-to-be who may want to lose weight or tone up for their wedding day so I decided to design some distance workout plans specifically for brides to be that can be downloaded and can take place in the comfort of their own home or in a gym. I also thought about Personalized Bridal Bootcamps for Dubai Based Brides to be who want that extra push in the right direction with one to one guidance and therefore created a couple of packages for various budgets to cater to all brides to be.
- How would you describe your daily workout routine?
My usual workout routine consists of 4 days a week and includes strength training and cardio. I alternate between upper body and lower body and make sure I have enough rest between muscle groups to enable my muscles to recover. I usually perform some HIIT cardio after my weight session for no longer than 10 minutes as I like to keep my fitness level up and really raise my metabolism.
- When should a bride enroll for workout training?
Depending on the clients’ goals, I would say to start a workout regime as early as possible to gain the best results. Some ladies want to lose quite a lot of weight and I believe in taking the slow and healthy approach of 1-2lb a week so the earlier you start, the less stress it will be to achieve your goal(there’s already enough stress planning a wedding!).
- Are there any specific food and nutrition that you recommend a bride to include in her diet during the training?
It’s easy to fall in to the trap here in Dubai with busy schedules, no time for cooking and fast foods being a quick alternative and easily accessible. Try to eat more vegetables and lean protein along with wholegrain carbohydrates and healthy fats for a nutritionally balanced diet. Note down everything you eat & drink and take pictures of your meals and snacks so you can see the portion sizes. From this, you can then see over a week what you have eaten and what you may need to adjust. Reduce sugar intake and avoid fizzy drinks and juices as much as possible. Switch to sparkling water with a slice of lemon as it will keep you far more hydrated and provide health benefits in the form of vitamins.
- What are your top 5 workout tips for brides?
1 – Don’t give up. Starting a new fitness regime can be difficult if you don’t already take part in regular exercise.You may lose motivation and believe it isn’t working but you have to remember that everyone has to start somewhere so keep your head up and push through. Your mind will quit a thousand times before your body does so stick with it and you will achieve great things.
2 – Push yourself – If it isn’t hard, you’re not getting the most from your workout. The human body is an incredible machine and if you put your mind to it, you will surprise yourself how much weight you can actually lift or how fast you can run after a few weeks of training.
3- Breathe and keep your core tight. It’s easy to forget to breathe when you’re concentrating on an exercise so remember to breathe in on the eccentric phase of the movement (towards gravity) and out on the concentric phase (away from gravity). Also keep your core nice and tight to provide you with stability and to give that abs an extra workout.
4- Don’t rush – When performing the exercise, remember to take your time and don’t rush the exercises -when it starts getting difficult, it’s easy to rush the last few reps. You can read more about timing for exercises and work rate if you purchase one of the White Dress Workout plans.
5- Keep proper form – Always make sure you keep your back straight and your core tight to provide stability and set your shoulders ( push them back and down) as this stabilizes your scapula and prevents injury when performing exercises.
- How do you stay motivated and what’s your favourite quote?
Two things keep me motivated – my fiancé and my clients. Even though I’m a PT, I still get days where I can’t be bothered working out or I don’t want to wash my hair again after yesterday’s workout but Matt (my fiancé) is always there to give me that push I need to go and workout. It always makes me feel so humbled when my clients say that I am an inspiration to them and they want to achieve their goals as they don’t want to disappoint me. I always tell them that I am so proud of them for deciding to make a change and they will never disappoint me as they are trying to make a positive change.
I have so many quotes that I love that are related to fitness and motivation (as you will see from my social media posts) but a couple of my absolute favourites are: “small daily improvements are the key to amazing long term results” and “if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you”.
- What makes WhiteDressWorkout different from others?
I want Brides to be to feel special as their wedding day is the most special day of their life. I want them to feel confident, sexy and proud when they walk down the aisle and marry the man of their dreams so I believe their wedding workouts should be fun, challenging and feel like a special wedding workout experience. Dubai Brides to be can take advantage of B2B Bootcamps which is a minimum of 4 weeks personal training sessions designed around the brides’ lifestyle and goals. The client can choose the number of days they wish to workout a week and I will tailor the plan to suit. I’ve also recently introduced an Initiation package which is a 2 hour session consisting of goal setting, nutrition information and advice, an 8 week distance plan and a short one to one introduction to the first days exercises of the workout plan. Each B2B Bootcamp and initiation package comes with a super cute starter kit including a personalized file to keep all your progress records, a White Dress Workout T-shirt and a couple of other workout goodies.
- Would you like to share a story or interesting incident from your experience as personal bridal trainer?
There haven’t been many interesting incidents so far (maybe that’s a good thing) but I did have a Bride-to- Be who had to stop half way through the second circuit out of 4 due to feeling feint and dizzy. She explained that she had a really busy day and didn’t eat a lot in the day so Brides-to-be – remember to eat, especially when you have a hard workout planned! It’s best to eat 1-2 hours before your workout so that the food has time to digest and you have plenty of energy to power you through the workout.
- What are the prices of the packages?
- The 4 week and 8 pre written distance plans are the most affordable option at between 60dhs-90dhs.
- A personalized distance plan starts from 80dhs based on a 4 week plan/3 days per week and can go upto approx 420dhs for a 12 week plan based on 5 days per week.
- Personalized B2B Bootcamp Dubai sessions start from 250dhs per session for 1 person based on 4 days a week for 1 month in the DIFC/Downtown area. Extra charge is added for locations further away due to travel time.
(I also offer small group personal training sessions for a more affordable rate.)
- Initiation package starts from 700dhs in the DIFC/Downtown area. Extra charge is added for locations further away due to travel time.
- Lastly, what message would you like to share with brides reading this interview?
I want Brides-to-be to know that I am so passionate about changing their lifestyles and lives for the better. I care so much about each of my clients and their individual journeys and want them to achieve their goals so I’m there to help every step of the way. For both my distance clients and Bootcamp and Initiation package clients I am always on hand via whatsapp or email to help with any questions or simply to provide motivation if they’re having a down day. I’ve been there myself so I know what it’s like to feel like you can’t do it or it isn’t working so I’m there to reassure them in any way I can. I want White Dress Workout to be a platform for brides-to-be to share their thoughts and feelings along their journey and share their experiences with each other, after all we all have one goal….to look and feel confident and sexy on our wedding day!